Minimalist Living Can Keep You Sane in an Increasingly Busy World

by | Oct 10, 2018 | Minimalism, Wellbeing | 4 comments

minimalist livingIn a world that’s becoming faster and busier by the minute, living a minimalist lifestyle can serve as an antidote to the stress and anxiety that comes with being a city-dwelling human in 2018.

When Sporty and I first downsized our stuff we had no idea the positive impact it would have on our lives.

But pretty soon we became accustomed to having more leisure time and being less stressed. Getting out of debt was another unexpected bonus.

That’s the thing about stuff. It can end up owning you.

It can own your pay cheque if you purchase on credit (and even if you don’t).

It can own your time if buy too much of it.

It can own your attention if you place too much emphasis on it.

It can even rob you of your freedom to change direction when new opportunities present themselves.

Don’t Buy into the Marketing BS

Marketers know this. They reel us in with their movie ads and look at me images featuring rugged men and leggy women doing cool things.

If only we had a [yadda yadda], we could also do cool things. Who knows, it might even make us rugged or leggy.

Pffft.

Christmas is looming, which means they’ll be upping their game. Don’t fall for their marketing BS. If you want adventure, you can make that happen on your own.

You definitely don’t need a [yadda yadda].

The more stuff you own, the less you have. And by less I mean less money, less time and less space. The only thing you’ll have more of is stress.

Been there, done that, gave away the t-shirt.

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. Given the current mental health crisis we need to do everything we can to safeguard our mental wellbeing.

Minimalist living is one way to lessen your stress and lower your anxiety levels. “The less you own, the more you have,” as someone moderately famous once said.

Exercise is another great tool. Read how running has helped these people navigate life’s challenges and you’ll be signing up for your first five kay faster than I can say vegan chocolate.

Of course, sometimes decluttering the garage and breaking a sweat aren’t enough to dispel the cloud that’s taken up residence above your head. Sometimes you need to ask for help.

That’s okay.

Sporty and I have sought counselling on numerous occasions, both as a couple and individually. Our therapist made us cry (in a good way), but we’d still do it again if the need arose.

After all, we’ll go to the acupuncturist or physio or homeopath with our physical ailments, so why not visit a therapist when we run into an emotional roadblock?

Sadly, there’s still a stigma attached to mental illness. But don’t avoid asking for help because you’re embarrassed. If you’re uncomfortable with the thought of spilling your guts to someone in person, then give online therapy a try.

At least there’s no risk of anyone seeing you walk into the psychologist’s rooms.

10 Benefits of Living with Less Stuff

Whether or not you need to talk through your problems with a professional, you can still benefit from living with less stuff. These are just some of the many benefits you’ll experience when you downsize your stuff.

You have time for things that matter most. [Becoming Minimalist]

More peace of mind. [Lifehack]

Increased financial security and better retirement prospects. [US News: Money]

Less cleaning and the cleaning you do have is easier. [Simple Lionheart Life]

It improves your relationships. [Be Organised]

Living with less means more mental health. [Psychology Today]

Less clutter helps you declutter your brain. [Well Insiders]

You realize that things don’t make you a different person. [Thought Catalog]

You’ll experience more visual satisfaction. [The Good Trade]

More self-confidence and a greater sense of purpose. [No Sidebar]

6 Minimalist Books to Help You Declutter 

Clutterfree by Leo Babauta

The More of Less by Joshua Becker

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn

The Joy of Less by Francine Jay

Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki*

*Thanks for the heads up Karen!

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4 Comments

  1. Tonyy W

    I agree the stuff you own can own you. The Christmas marketing begins earlier and earlier every year.
    I cringe when I hear people make preparations to buy a bunch of useless junk for Christmas.
    Sadly it seems the reason for the season was forgotten long ago.

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    • Ang

      I completely agree with you Tony. It does seem like the meaning of Christmas has been lost along the way. I cringe when I think that I used to be like that, rushing around buying stuff just so I’d have something to hand over on the day. So silly! Oh well, lives and learn, right? 🙂

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  2. Karen Brockway

    Goodbye Things is also a wonderful minimalist book. It is probably my favorite.

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    • Ang

      Thanks for the heads up Karen! I actually saw an article about Fumio Sasaki some time ago. I’ll definitely add this book to the list. 🙂

      Reply

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